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Ephesians 4

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians

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Chapter 5

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Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;

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and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.

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But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints;

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nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.

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For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

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Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience.

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Be not ye therefore partakers with them;

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For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light

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(for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth),

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proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord;

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and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;

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for the things which are done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of.

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But all things when they are reproved are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light.

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Wherefore [he] saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee.

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Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;

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redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;

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speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

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giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

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subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

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Wives, [be in subjection] unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

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For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, [being] himself the saviour of the body.

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But as the church is subject to Christ, so [let] the wives also [be] to their husbands in everything.

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Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;

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that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

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that he might present the church to himself a glorious [church], not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

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Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself:

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for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church;

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because we are members of his body.

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For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

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This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church.

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Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and [let] the wife [see] that she fear her husband.

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